GOP Senate Candidate Wants To Move U.S. Capitol To Nebraska

In this June 5, 2013, photo, Midland University President Ben Sasse points to a feature on campus in Fremont, Neb. More than 600 of Midland's nearly 1,100 students are on one of its 25 sports teams. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
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Nebraska Senate candidate Ben Sasse has a proposal: move the Capitol from Washington D.C. to Nebraska.

“That’s it, the way to cure the incredible ineffectiveness and dysfunction of both parties in Washington — we move the Capitol to Nebraska where they can experience family, conservative values, living within a budget, and pulling together, not pulling apart,” Sasse said in a new campaign ad.

Sasse doesn’t expect this to actually happen, according to The Washington Times, but he does think it’s a useful “thought experiment” to compare whether the state of politics is what America’s founders intended.

“I think that they, Nebraska work-a-day folks, think that we’re on the precipice of national decline and they don’t think Washington gets it at all,” Sasse said according to the Times.

Sasse originally threw out the idea in a 30-second ad that aired over the weekend. That ad was meant to draw attention to a longer, biographical clip that his campaign produced. In that video, Sasse also discusses his opposition to Obamacare and argues that the country is becoming a “socialist mess like Europe.”

“Look, Obamacare is arguably the worst law in our history. But it’s been four years since it’s been passed and Republicans still haven’t offered an alternative. Of course we need to repeal it but we also need to tell people what we’ll do next. We need to show Americans that we’re the party of conservative solutions. That’s the only way win.”

(H/t: Andrew Grossman)

Watch the five-minute clip below:

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